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Dr Paula Miles


Lecturer (Education Focused)

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Research overview

Paula is a Lecturer within the School of Psychology & Neuroscience. She is the School's Student Wellbeing Officer and is an Advisor of Studies for Sub Honours Science students. Paula is currently the Course Controller for our first year studies (PS1001 and PS1002).  In addition to being responsible for the administration of first year and providing lectures throughout the course, Paula runs the workshop component of the first year programme integrating research methodology, statistical analysis and practical laboratories.  Paula has extensive experience lecturing and coordinating courses in New Zealand, Canada and now here in Scotland. For first year Psychology students at St Andrews, Paula strives to provide a stimulating, fun and effective teaching environment.  Should students have questions or need additional support during term time, they can see Paula during her open office hours (Mondays 10.30-11.30am & Thursdays 1.15-2.15pm, Rm 0.52) or contact her by email (  Paula's area of research is educational psychology. Her initial work focused on helping children with special needs within primary and secondary school settings, but her current research focus has shifted to the higher education sector. Paula's current work is investigating factors that influence the student experience at university. She assesses the effectiveness of different teaching styles in a higher education environment. Paula also carries out work looking at student wellbeing to see what additional support we can give to students as they transition from secondary school to university, or from undergraduate to postgraduate studies. Another area that Paula is interested in is student and staff understanding of what constitutes good academic practice and academic misconduct.